Point 30R Post of Chumar, Ladakh: seven tents pitched by Chinese People's Liberation Army
People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China on 20 September 2014 pitched seven tents at Point 30R Post in Chumar area of Ladakh within the Indian Territory. The development comes close on the heels of 35 other personnel of PLA camping at a hillock in Chumar area.
The Point 30R is strategically important because helps India in keeping a vigil into the occupied territory of Chinese.
The Chinese Army arrived in Chumar, 300 kilometers from Leh in vehicles and erected their tents despite repeated warnings by the Indian army to vacate the area.
After this development the estimated strength of the Chinese army in the strategically important Point 30R region now stands around 100.
The stand-off between Indian and Chinese Army started during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jingping to India on 17 September 2014 when some Chinese workers, who were constructing road on their side, started entering into the Indian side. They also claimed that they had orders to build road upto Tible, 5km deep into the Indian Territory.
Past incidents in Chumar region
Chumar, the last village in Ladakh area bordering Himachal Pradesh, has been a bone of contention with China as they claim that the territory belongs to their side.
2012: The PLA dropped some of its soldiers in this region and dismantled the makeshift storage tents of the Army and ITBP.
2013: Chinese side objected to overhead bunkers erected by the Indian army resulting into fortnight log stand-off in Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO). Later in April – May 2013, an agreement was reached at the flag meeting between Indian and Chinese army at DBO. Consequently, Indian army had to dismantle some overhead bunkers in Chumar.
17 June 2014: Chinese troops walking away with an Army surveillance which was meant for keeping an eye on the PLA troops patrolling there. The same camera was returned after a few days.
When: on 20 September 2014